Saturday, June 28, 2014

Mingle: Its in the Details

I don't really have the words to describe how it felt to get a magazine in the mail knowing that I was going to find my work printed inside its pages! I couldn't flip through it fast enough!

Mingle Magazine reached out a few weeks ago and asked for permission to use two of my images in their Summer 2014 edition. The two photos were detail images I snapped at Emily's baby shower (which was featured over at Style Me Pretty). I honestly expected to have them be on the same page.. small.. possibly a part of a small collection of party ideas. So you can imagine my excitement to see that they were each displayed on their very own page!!

My favorite part of all of this is the title of the section they were used for "Its in the Details" because its something I totally agree with! I put in a great deal of effort to capture every single tiny detail of an event. I know that a lot of work, love and inspiration has gone into planning and executing all of those little details.. so I don't want to overlook anything! And it may seem silly to care so much about how I'm photographing a strawberry dessert.. but I do! And to have someone else notice the photograph and want to use it as a piece of inspiration for other party planners is so incredibly fantastic!!

So happy. So very proud. Its my very first time having my work printed in a magazine.. and I'm especially thrilled because of how beautiful the rest of the magazine is!

Huge shout out to Emily Owens for having a baby.. to Rachelle from Wiley Valentine for trusting me to document all of her hard work and creativity.. and to the family and friends who helped her create such a special event. I've said it before.. and I'll say it again.. and I'll never get tired of saying it..
I. Love. My. Job.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Maternity: Monica

In hopes of obtaining photography work in Costa Rica over the summer, I asked my loved ones to promote my services via Facebook. Because of those efforts.. this gorgeous mom found my work and said that after only a few clicks she knew that I had to be the one to capture her first pregnancy.
Ya'll need to know that I don't take those kind of compliments lightly... especially when they come from someone as well-styled, classy and successful as Monica is! So to say that I was thrilled is a major understatement.
Alright, so Monica is actually from Peru and Octavio was born and raised in Costa Rica. They now reside in San Jose, in a little neighborhood 15 minutes from where my mom grew up! For the shoot, Monica styled her own looks and trusted me to set-up and direct the rest of the shoot.. and I don't think either of us would change a single thing. -- I'm so in love with this shoot. -- I'm so incredibly proud to know that my friends and family believe enough in my skills to refer me to their friends and family. -- And I'm so incredibly blessed to have a passion that allows me to meet such wonderful people and to provide them with memories that will last a lifetime!
Finally, I have to add that I knew Monica and I were going to get along splendidly when she mentioned that they would have to include their two furry babies in the shoot. And who can blame her?? As you'll see, they are ridiculously adorable. So full of personality.. and so obviously loved and spoiled (as all dogs should be!)
Have I mentioned how much I love these photographs?? :)
As always.. they were shot and worked on with so much love.. and I hope ya'll love them too! (and just a heads up if you do.. there'll be a while new post with the rest of the shoot comin at ya very soon!) Pura Vida!

This last shot.. I die! You can see in her face how incredibly in love she already was with her baby girl. So sweet!! And I'm happy to report that baby Ema was born in early September and she and her proud parents are all healthy and happy!
Monica y Octavio.. fue un placer conocerlos. Muchisimas gracias por la oportunidad de capturar este tiempo tan especial en sus vidas. Un abrazo muy fuerte.. y dile a Ema que me muero por conocerla!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Travel: Casas de Soleil

Its a chilly day here in So Cal.. so I'm incredibly happy to be reminiscing about my time in Costa Rica this past summer. I'm especially happy to be going through the photos I snapped during my stay at Casas de Soleil. There is so much gorgeousness that I had to put a little something together to share it with all of you!
So if ya'll know me.. or follow my work, you probably know my family is from the gorgeous pura vida country of Costa Rica. Which means, I've been blessed to have spent a lot of time down there and have seen a lot (but not nearly enough) of what Costa Rica has to offer. And one of my favorite beach areas is the stretch along the Nicoya Peninsula that Santa Teresa and Mal Pais cover. There are no huge high rise hotels or fancy resorts marking off private beaches. In fact, the more luxurious a place is.. the more they tend to incorporate the natural landscape and elements the environment there has to offer. And this hotel is no exception. 
The photos make it so incredibly obvious how much thought went into designing and creating this place. In addition to the location, service and overall awesomeness of the place.. the details are what makes this place special. (And the monkeys.. I cannot stress enough how awesome it is to be chillin by the pool and look up to see a whole group of monkeys!) You don't feel like you're in a cookie cutter, Ikea-inspired, chain-hotel. You feel like you're in someone's home. Someone's really awesomely beautiful home.
And don't even get me started on the family that runs and operates this place. In fact, this is actually 1 of 2 posts that I'll be putting together.. so I'll be sharing more about them later.
For now.. I'm sharing pics of "El Mirador" which is the largest villa on the property. I found out you can actually reserve the entire house, or just the upstairs (or the downstairs). I stayed in the massive amazingness that is the upstairs.. (there are 2 bedrooms, living room, fully-stocked kitchen (seriously every utensil and kitchen tool known to man is up in there), full bath (hello walk-in huge shower), and my favorite: the huge balcony that overlooks the pool and coastline. Hopefully I didn't get any of those stats wrong.. (you can get more info on their site). The point is.. its huge y muy, muy tuanis!
If all of this doesn't make you put this place on your "must-stay" list immediately.. then check out their profile on TripAdvisor. Nothing but love and rave reviews for this place!
Trent, Soraya y Soleil.. it was such an honor meeting you all. You've created a little bit of paradise in the middle of paradise. Not an easy feat. Thank you for your kindness and attention to detail. Uds. representan el calor humano que nuestro pais is famous for. Xo

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Newborn: Sophie

Fact: Hanging around awesome people leads to meeting more awesome people.
I met this sweet couple through mutual friends and I was thrilled when they asked me to document this special time in their lives. Jovanna and Andrew are the proud parents of babygirl Sophie and they couldn't be more in love with her (and I can't blame them).
In preparing for the shoot, fashion forward momma put together a number of incredibly amazing outfits and looks for baby to pose in.. but Sophie put her foot down about what she was okay with and what she wasn't into at all (as any diva would). For example, she was incredibly happy and chill in the gorgeous tutu. But when it came time to get nakey and wear pearls.. she wasn't having it. Luckily I've done enough newborn shoots to know that being flexible and looking for that sweet interaction between parent and baby inevitably leads to great unexpected shots.
So for all accounts this shoot was a total success in my book. Its the perfect mix of well-styled shots, showing a calm and happy baby... random detail shots that make up this family's happy life (including furry baby Jack who is too yum for words!)....  and shots that we didn't plan for but that were created organically from their efforts to soothe and comfort Sophie.
I especially love that these were shot in their home and with the available natural light, because this is exactly how they experienced their sweet baby girl in those first few days of her life. I couldn't be happier with how they came out and hope that ya'll love them too! As always.. they were shot and worked on with a lot of love!!

baby in tutu
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How handsome and gorgeous are Andrew and Jovanna?! And don't get me started on Sophie's fierceness!! Love this little family!
Jovanna + Andrew.. thank you for letting me into your home and trusting me with this shoot. You two have been truly blessed with a tiny angel and I couldn't be happier for you! Wishing you health and happiness! God bless!! xo

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Goodbye Pasadena: Felicia + Luke + Juicy

For those of you who are cynical about love and all that mushy stuff, you might want to skip this post. Because Felicia and Luke are for reals. Anybody who has ever spent 5 minutes with them can attest to that. They are THAT couple. The couple who finds a way to constantly show one another their love and appreciation and who seem to fall more in love with each other with every passing moment. And then you add a cute little dog to the mix.. (Juicy).. and you have all the chemistry and adorableness needed for an incredible photo shoot. And did I mention how ridiculously good looking they are? Yup. THAT couple. By the way, if they look familiar to you its because you've probably seen them in commercials or as extras on shows. In addition to running Luke's clothing company (Land of Apparel) they made a living as actors here in L.A.
So Luke and Felicia have been married for years, and aren't preggers (yet), so what inspired the shoot? Well,  despite their very full and successful lives here in L.A., they decided to move to Seattle. (They wanted to be around their family once they started having kids.) It wasn't an easy decision because they loved their home and their life in Pasadena. This shoot was a way for them to document their happy years here in So Cal. So I shot them hanging at their home and at a few of their favorite spots in Pasadena. (This post features the fabulous Colorado Street Bridge.)
The move happened very fast and the awesome couple are already loving and enjoying their new beginning up in the northwest.. in fact, it happened so fast that I'm hoping this post will bring back the warm and fuzzies and make them realize how much they've been able to accomplish together. I'm so happy that they trusted me to capture this time in their lives!
I love this couple. I love this dog. And I love these pics and hope ya'll do too!! As always.. shot and worked on with oh-so-much love!
couple, popcorn, lifestyle
couple, colorado street bridge, pasadena
couple, colorado street bridge, pasadena
couple, colorado street bridge, pasadena
This last shot is one of my favs. Especially because we had to do some illegal pedestrian maneuvering to make it happen! haha
Luke and Felicia, I'm so happy that you trusted me to capture this time in your lives! I happen to know that the last couple of months have been especially fabulous (hello dreamy European vacation!) and I couldn't be happier for you two! Congratulations on starting off on your new adventure and I wish you nothing but incredible health and happiness for many years to come!! p.s. Tell Juicy Ari says what's up!

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